NEA awards grant to Kartemquin's Filmmaker Programs

The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) has awarded Kartemquin a $25,000 Art Works grant towards our ongoing field-building programs in service of documentary makers.

Our Programs include:

  • KTQ Labs, our free monthly service at which filmmakers present their demos and rough cuts to the Kartemquin community in return for constructive critique. KTQ Labs has helped improve over 100 projects in the past decade, including some of the best Midwest-made documentaries in recent years, such as What’s the Matter with Kansas?; Louder Than A Bomb; Andrew Bird: Fever Year; Tony & Janina’s American Wedding; Beneath the Blindfold, Scrappers, Spilled Water, and Hairy Who and the Chicago Imagists and many more.
  • Diverse Voices in Docs
    Diverse Voices in Docs is a professional development and mentorship program for emerging documentary filmmakers of color, organized by Kartemquin Films and the Community Film Workshop of Chicago. The program hones skills and unites filmmakers who share experiences and expertise across six monthly workshops as they develop new projects.
  • Internships
    Educational workshops with our staff and award-winning producers form the core of our acclaimed internship. Interns are recognized as essential members of our team and are quickly immersed in all aspects of the organization. Their experience closely follows the progress of the films under construction, making each internship term unique and exposing students to sample a range of activities including, but not limited to, fundraising, production, distribution and marketing. Several interns are currently on staff or working with us on films in multiple roles.
  • Media Advocacy
    To ensure a vibrant and diverse independent public media, Kartemquin regularly takes a lead position on policy issues affecting our field, such as issues of ethics and “fair use” rights for documentary filmmakers. Current initiatives include involvement in the Indie Caucus, and the renewal of Digital Millenium Copyright Act (DMCA) exemptions for fair use.

Kartemquin is one of 919 nonprofit organizations nationwide to receive an NEA Art Works grant. Art Works grants support the creation of art, public engagement with art, lifelong learning in the arts, and enhancement of the livability of communities through the arts.  The NEA received 1,474 eligible applications under the Art Works category, requesting more than $75 million in funding. Of those applications, 919 are recommended for grants for a total of $26.6 million.  

For a complete listing of projects recommended for Art Works grant support, please visit the NEA website. Follow the conversation about this and other NEA‐funded projects on Twitter at #NEAFall2014.

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